*guest blog by my mom, Sue*
The merchants on our local shopping street have been decorating for Christmas since early November. (Without Thanksgiving to even slightly delay decorations, the Christmas season starts even earlier here.) There is a coordinated display in all the shop windows and it is really enjoyable to see the cut-outs of elves, candles, bells, presents, stockings, and other symbols of Christmas. The displays have added to putting me in the Christmas mood.
The displays appear to be cut-outs of some kind of vinyl/plastic—very smooth and thin. They only really use two colors of vinyl—white and red. The red is kind of a “tomato soup” red—with some orange in it. And then cut out negative spaces are used for “black.”
In addition to the just pure enjoyment, two things have struck me about the window decorations. One is the use of holiday pictures that have nothing to do with holiday-time in Melbourne. There are pictures of snowflakes, jingle bells, and sleighs—and it doesn’t snow here. Must be an import from the northern hemisphere homeland.
The second thing is the clever use of pictures related to the store on which they are displayed. I love the steaming coffee cup turned into a Christmas tree on the windows of the cafes. (Note the star at the top of the steam!) I especially love the fish skeleton hung with ornaments used for the several fish and chip shops in town.
These local displays are only a small part of all the Christmas displays and activities around Melbourne at this time of year.
We are enjoying the decorations of the season, even though its the summer season!
From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!!